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Hyacks battle back against Rebels

New Westminster Hyacks Simran Dhillon is stopped by Burnaby South Rebels keeper Una Rekic in the first half of their BC High School AAA girls soccer match, Thursday at Mercer Stadium. - MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER
New Westminster Hyacks Simran Dhillon is stopped by Burnaby South Rebels keeper Una Rekic in the first half of their BC High School AAA girls soccer match, Thursday at Mercer Stadium.
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The New Westminster Hyacks got off on the right foot in their senior girls' soccer match against the Burnaby South Rebels, but still had to battle from behind for a 5-3 victory.

The Hyacks' Juliet Davies finished off a cross from Jennifer Tamondong to beat Rebels' keeper Una Rekic after just 45 seconds of play. They continued to pressure the Rebels, generating scoring chances and twice ringing shots off the goal posts.

But their lack of finish cost them, as the Rebels countered twice to take a 2-1 lead into the second half.

The Hyacks tied the score nine minutes after the break when Celeste Bain ripped a shot past two defenders.

Again the Rebels countered and reclaimed the lead eight minutes later.

But it was short-lived.

Naomi Noda converted a pass from Davies to even it up a minute later, and then she scored again to put the Hyacks in front again. This time for good.

Noda sealed the victory with her hat trick goal, converting passes from Bain and Madison Lee.

The win moves the Hyacks into a tie for first place with Burnaby Central and Burnaby North, each with five victories and one loss. South's record fell to 3-2-1.

 

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